Dec. 5, 2003
The 4-1 Florida State women’s basketball team will host the Florida Gators (3-1) on Saturday, December 6 at 5 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The FSU men will host Fairleigh-Dickinson at 2 p.m. It’s two-for-one as the fans that are in attendance for the men’s game will be allowed to stay for the women’s game free of charge. It’s also Toys for Tots day. Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to either game will receive free admission as well as a pizza coupon. It will be the third meeting between a Florida State and Florida team in the past eight days. So far, FSU is 2-0.
“We need people to come out and support us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We need the help to really pull off a win over the Gators. I think it’s a tremendous rivalry. The soccer team and the football team had great, great wins over them (the Gators) last weekend and the basketball programs want to step and pull our weight.”
Florida State went 4-1 vs. teams from the state of Florida last season with its only loss coming to the Gators. In fact, UF has won 15 straight over the Seminoles.
“Obviously you want to beat the programs in your state,” Semrau said. “Florida has got a nice team. They’ve got nice athletes, but we want to keep our mind on our business and really go out and be who Florida State is and who we are developing to be and not so much focus on who they are.
“Last year, when we went down to Florida, surprisingly to me, we were still playing the name on the jersey and through the course of time, that element has gone and I think that will make a big difference. They jumped out on us quick last year and we had a great second half against them. We need to be able to come out from the get-go and play Florida State basketball.”
FSU is led by senior Tasheika Allen, who is averaging an ACC-leading 20.4 points per game. Allen has averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games vs. the Gators. Florida senior Vanessa Hayden is leading the Gators with 23.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Florida State is averaging 80.0 points per game and some of that scoring is coming from three-point land. The Seminoles have become a three-point shooting team and are leading the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.479) to prove it. Allen has made an ACC-best 13 three-pointers and Ganiyat Adeduntan’s 58 percent shooting from three-point range leads the league.
“I think part of that is that we know when to take them (three-pointers) and we know who should take them,” Semrau said. “We’ve been efficient with it and that’s going to be really critical for us. Because we are leading the league, we’re not going to start taking a lot more of them. We are going to continue to be efficient.
“Our penetration with Shante (Williams) and Quint (Neely) has been huge,” Semrau continued. “To have a dual attack in that way frees both Ganiyat and Tasheika a lot more and even Holly (Johnson) now can be viewed as a three-point threat. When the ball was in her hands, she was the one who was having to do the penetration and didn’t have a chance to have that look.”
GAME SIX Florida State (4-1) vs. Florida (3-1) Saturday, December 6, 2003 5 p.m. * Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center WFLA Radio * www.seminoles.com
FSU and Florida meet for the 63rd time in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has faced the Gators more than any other team. According to FSU’s records, the series stands at 38-24 in UF’s favor. FSU is looking to snap the Gators’ 15-game winning streak over the Seminoles. Since Sue Semrau’s arrival, FSU has closed the gap on the Gators. In the past seven meetings, FSU has fallen by an average of 10.7 ppg, including just 8.0 ppg in home games. FSU fell 78-74 in OT the last time the two teams met in Tallahassee.
Florida State and Florida meet for the 63rd time in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has faced the Gators more than any other team. According to Florida State’s records, the series stands at 38-24 in Florida’s favor. FSU is looking to snaps the Gators’ 15-game winning streak over the Seminoles. FSU’s last win over UF was on Dec. 15, 1991 when the Seminoles won 90-78 in overtime in Tallahassee. FSU went 17-11 that year. Since Sue Semrau’s arrival, the Seminoles have closed the gap on the Gators. In the past seven meetings, FSU has fallen by an average of 10.7 points per game, including just 8.0 ppg in home games. In the five games prior to Semrau’s arrival, FSU lost by an average of 24.2 ppg. Since 1980-81, FSU is 6-11 in games played in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE PROBABLE STARTERS
G 22 Shante Williams 8.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.4 apg
G 2 LaQuinta Neely 6.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
C 5 Trinetta Moore 6.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg
F 33 Tasheika Allen 20.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg
F 44 Lauren Bradley 7.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg
FLORIDA PROBABLE STARTERS
G 21 Danielle Santos 10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg
G 3 Tishona Gregory 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
C 55 Vanessa Hayden 23.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg
F 45 Tashia Morehead 11.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F 32 Brittany Davis 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Here’s how the Seminoles and Gators match up…
FSU PER GAME UF
80.0 POINTS 78.5
.510 FG% .452
.479 3FG% .288
.664 FT% .621
36.8 REBOUNDS 43.0
17.0 ASSISTS 20.0
17.4 TURNOVERS 16.5
3.4 BLOCKS 3.5
11.0 STEALS 7.5
CURRENT SEMINOLES VS. UF
Here’s a look at how FSU players have fared against the Gators:
Tasheika Allen 18.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg (two games)
LaQuinta Neely 10.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg (one game)
Trinetta Moore 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg (two games)
Holly Johnson 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg (one game)
Lauren Bradley 5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg (four games)
Angela Sutton 3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg (two games)
Genesis Choice 3.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg (two games)
Ganiyat Adeduntan 0.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg (one game)
Linnea Liljestrand 0.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg (two games)
Florida State’s meeting with UF is the second of three straight games vs. in-state opponents. FSU defeated UCF 72-59 on Tuesday. After finals’ week, the Tribe will get back to action with a Sunday, Dec. 14th game vs. South Florida.
FLORIDA STATE VS. THE STATE
Last season, FSU was 4-1 vs. teams from the state of Florida. FSU is 143-70 all-time vs. opponents from the state of Florida (four-year schools).
Florida State has shot 50 percent or better in four of its five games this season, including an impressive 63 percent vs. Harvard. The Seminoles are shooting 51 percent on the season, which ranks second only to Duke (54 percent) in the ACC. Sue Semrau-coached teams have shot 40 percent or better over the past six years with 44 percent in the 1999-2000 season being the best.
Florida State has become a three-point shooting team and the Seminoles are leading the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.479) to prove it. Tasheika Allen has made an ACC-best 13 three-pointers and Ganiyat Adeduntan’s 58 percent shooting from three-point range leads the league. In the Seminole Classic, the Seminoles shot 60 percent from beyond the arc on 12-for-20. The Tribe had just four three-pointers in the first two games combined. Allen was responsible for six of the 12 treys while Adeduntan had five. Holly Johnson added one of her own. FSU has hit five or more three-pointers in three games this year. Historically, FSU has shot over 40 percent from three-point range in a season just once and that was.434 in 1988-89 -the first year the shot was introduced.
ALLEN IS LEADING THE PACK
Tasheika Allen has scored the first FSU basket in all five games this season and she has led the team in scoring in all five games, including three games of over 20 points. She is averaging an ACC-leading 20.4 points per game, leads the league with 13 three-pointers and ranks 11th in free throw percentage at .789.
FSU’s 4-1 record should look familiar because, including this season, the Seminoles have now started 4-1 in four straight years. The past three years, FSU’s first loss has come at the hands of the Florida Gators. FSU’s best start under Sue Semrau has been 8-1 in 2002-02.
Junior Genesis Choice is shooting a team-leading 65 percent from the field which ranks third in the ACC. Her 12.6 points per game is second on the team and 15th in the league.
THAT’S MORE LIKE IT
Florida State shot a season-high 76 percent from the free throw line on 16-21 at UCF. The Seminoles are averaging 22 free throw attempts per game but are making just 66 percent of them.